Basho Technologies has unveiled a new version of its Riak database platform designed to handle the huge amounts of data that can be generated from the Internet of Things (IoT) and other time series data sources.
Riak TS (for Time Series) is described as a distributed NoSQL database architected to aggregate and analyse massive amounts of sequenced, unstructured data, such as data streams feeding in from networks of sensors in an IoT deployment.
The problem with this kind of application is that it calls for high scalability and reliability in order to continuously ingest all the data. To best accomplish this, the data must be stored, queried and analysed together, according to Basho, and Riak TS has been developed to store and retrieve time series data with enhanced read and write performance.
Basho chief executive Adam Wray explained that companies are demanding database solutions that are easier to operate and specifically optimised to handle this kind of data.
"Built on the same core Riak foundation, we now provide a solution specifically optimised for storing and retrieving unstructured data, making us the only NoSQL player that has specialised offerings for key value, large object and time series data. With Riak TS, customers can more easily scale and execute on IoT use cases and more," he said.
Among the key features of Riak TS is the ability to add nodes to the database server cluster without sharding, so that data is uniformly distributed across the cluster. As with other versions of Riak, developers can use SQL-like queries to access the data, and the platform can maintain read and write performance and predictability, even under peak loads.
Riak TS can also integrate with Apache Spark for operational analysis of time series data, as well as integrating with the Basho Data Platform. The latter was launched earlier this year as a platform for big data processing, combining the firm's Riak database, now known as Riak KV (for key-value) with the Riak S2 object storage platform and other services.
Like Riak KV, Riak TS is designed for high availability and massive scalability, but can be operated at lower cost than traditional relational databases, according to Basho.
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